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Queenstown
Travel Guide

This alpine resort town in New Zealand’s South Island is an adventure-lover's paradise and the birthplace of bungee jumping and jet boating.

The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its dramatic landscapes and adventure sports, and the hub for outdoor activity in the region is Queenstown. Nestled between the longest lake in the country, Lake Wakatipu, and the mountain Ben Lomond, Queenstown is one of the most popular tourist towns in New Zealand. The town attracts hikers, campers, mountain bikers, skiers and those who simply want to immerse themselves in the incredible natural beauty of New Zealand.

The town’s southern location means it has an oceanic climate. From May through to August snow-capped peaks surround the city. Skiers, snowboarders and wintersports enthusiasts flock to the town as the region offers some of the best slopes in the country. In summer Queenstown enjoys an average temperature of 77 F (25 C). While the nights are chilly, the days are long, allowing you to make the most of the region’s stunning sights in hiking boots or by mountain bike.

Outdoor activities can be found right on the edge of town, and many can be reached by foot. Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, then hop off at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a traditional farm experience. Take the Skyline Gondola up Bob’s Peak for stunning views across town and some of the best hiking in the Lake Wakatipu area.

Queenstown’s adventure-sport industry is world-class, and the area is known for pioneering many popular sports. Plunge 141 feet (43 meters) from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge at the first commercial bungee jumping platform in the world, or take a spin down the Shotover River aboard the Shotover Jet, the iconic jet-boat experience.

Central Queenstown has a youthful and energetic resort-town culture and is home to many bars, restaurants and hotels. Enjoy an evening of local food and wine at the Steamer Wharf entertainment precinct, or pack your own picnic and head to the sprawling Queenstown Gardens.

Queenstown has plenty of outfitters and rental companies that will help you with gear for the slopes or trails. Located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, the town can be reached by plane, bus or car, and car rental is widely available. While Queenstown is popular year-round, the snow season brings an influx of visitors and accommodation can be booked out well in advance during this time

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Where to stay in Queenstown

QT Queenstown
QT Queenstown
5 out of 5
30 Brunswick St, Queenstown
The price is £117 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (605 reviews)

"The king lake room views are simply stunning! It’s useful to know that you can access the QT hotel via the lifts inside Rydges, that Saves a walk up a hill at the end of a long day !"…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

QT Queenstown
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
The price is £78 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Event Centre and Remarkables Park Town Centre. Alpine Aqualand ...

4.4/5Excellent! (957 reviews)

"Overall pretty good but definitely needs to be brought to the 20th century as the brown makes it so dark and dated."…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Beach Street, Queenstown, Otago
The price is £87 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Located in the heart of Queenstown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Steamer Wharf and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)

"Very comfortable and warm. Only stayed one night so didn't check out other facilities provided. Nice breakfast but order eggs at least 10 mins before you want to eat them."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2021

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
4.5 out of 5
327-343 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is £71 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Queenstown Hill, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola. St Josephs Parish and Queenstown ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)

"Great views and reasonable prices. Room was tired and quite worn."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2021

Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is £72 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of St Josephs Parish and Lake Wakatipu. Skyline Gondola is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (893 reviews)

"Nice luxxurious suit with a lot of space, very beautiful views. It has got everything in it what you can need. Very clean and tidy, good service. Thank you.❤"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2021

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Garden Court Suites And Apartments
4.5 out of 5
41 Frankton Road, Queenstown
The price is £59 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Mall and Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Hill and Skyline ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,181 reviews)

"Nice place to stay. clean and tidy Friendly atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Garden Court Suites And Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Queenstown

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5/5 - Excellent

James

22 Mar 2020

Nice place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Mark

21 Mar 2020

Fantastic place to visit with breathtaking views.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2020

Stay for atleast a week! There is so much to do. Really take full advantage of the place.

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Feb 2020

Absolutely loved Queenstown. So much to see & do

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Feb 2020

Lovely place - well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Great short stop while travelling around New Zealand. Would definitely recommend a stop over. We stayed 3 nights, probably could have done another night.

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